Washington Nationals

Ben Margot/AP File PhotoThe Giants’ Madison Bumgarner

Balls: MadBum brushback is right on target

Giants stud pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit another grand slam this week. Balls…

Ben Margot/AP File PhotoThe Giants’ Madison Bumgarner
Ap photoWashington's Matt Williams received 18 first-place votes to be named NL Manager of the Year in his first season as big league skipper.

Ex-Giant Williams named NL Manager of the Year; Bochy third

NEW YORK -- Baltimore's Buck Showalter was voted AL Manager of the…

Ap photoWashington's Matt Williams received 18 first-place votes to be named NL Manager of the Year in his first season as big league skipper.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/apRyan Vogelsong handled the "pitch-like-hell duties" in Tuesday’s clincher for the Giants.

Giants’ victory has a very special meaning

Some things are special. More rare are things Special, capital S, and…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/apRyan Vogelsong handled the "pitch-like-hell duties" in Tuesday’s clincher for the Giants.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe Giants could use a jolt of offense and putting Hunter Pence into the leadoff position might be one answer.

Bochy needs to shake up Giants’ lineup

Game 1 offered pure playoff baseball. Beautiful, clean, crisp. We'll remember only…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe Giants could use a jolt of offense and putting Hunter Pence into the leadoff position might be one answer.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants third baseman Pablo Sandoval

Bumgarner's error costs Giants in NLDS loss to Nationals

The San Francisco Giants' remarkable 10-game postseason winning streak ended on one…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants third baseman Pablo Sandoval
Ben Margot/APRyan Vogelsong

Giants return to NLCS after beating Nationals

After their summer slide and a September stumble, the San Francisco Giants…

Ben Margot/APRyan Vogelsong
Patrick Semansky/APThe Giants' Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 18th inning against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday.

Belt's homer in 18th gives Giants 2-0 NLDS lead

WASHINGTON -- Brandon Belt and the rest of the San Francisco Giants…

Patrick Semansky/APThe Giants' Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 18th inning against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday.
Alex Brandon/AP file photoThe Giants returned to San Francisco Sunday brimming with confidence

Giants know 2-0 NLDS lead is no guarantee

The Giants know how realistic it is to rally in the playoffs.…

Alex Brandon/AP file photoThe Giants returned to San Francisco Sunday brimming with confidence
Mark Tenally/APThe Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera

Nationals' Cabrera, Williams ejected vs. Giants

WASHINGTON -- Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and manager Matt Williams were…

Mark Tenally/APThe Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera
Ben Margot/APNationals manager Matt Williams talks to his players as they stretch before Sunday's workout at AT&T Park.

Nationals' Williams defends going to closer Storen

Nationals manager Matt Williams has thought long and hard about his decision…

Ben Margot/APNationals manager Matt Williams talks to his players as they stretch before Sunday's workout at AT&T Park.
Alex Brandon/AP file photoThe wife of Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is about a week away from giving birth to couple's third son.

Nationals' Desmond could miss playoff game as wife due to give birth

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Matt Williams says "there is a chance" shortstop…

Alex Brandon/AP file photoThe wife of Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is about a week away from giving birth to couple's third son.
AP Photo/Alex BrandonSan Francisco Giants' Michael Morse listens as he taps his bat during an MLB baseball workout at Nationals Park

Giants drop Morse from NLDS roster, Nats' Detwiler gone too

WASHINGTON — Left-hander Ross Detwiler was left off the Washington Nationals' roster…

AP Photo/Alex BrandonSan Francisco Giants' Michael Morse listens as he taps his bat during an MLB baseball workout at Nationals Park
AP Photo/Mark TenallySan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (22) throws in the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals

Peavy, Giants edge Strasburg, Nats in NLDS opener

Never much of a postseason performer, Jake Peavy sure outpitched Stephen Strasburg…

AP Photo/Mark TenallySan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (22) throws in the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals
Alex Brandon/APBruce Bochy guides the Giants into the NL Division Series looking to continue their postseason success on the road.

Breaking down the Giants-Nationals matchup

A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the San…

Alex Brandon/APBruce Bochy guides the Giants into the NL Division Series looking to continue their postseason success on the road.
Alex Brandon/APJake Peavy will pitch for the Giants in Friday's Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Nationals.

Giants, Nationals have own edges entering playoff matchup

WASHINGTON -- The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both missed the…

Alex Brandon/APJake Peavy will pitch for the Giants in Friday's Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Nationals.
Mark Tenally/APThe Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera

Nationals' Cabrera, Williams ejected vs. Giants

WASHINGTON -- Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and manager Matt Williams were…

Mark Tenally/APThe Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera
Alex Brandon/AP file photoNationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his postseason debut Friday against the Giants as the starter for Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Nationals' Strasburg to start Game 1 against Giants

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg grew up in San Diego, admiring then-Padres star…

Alex Brandon/AP file photoNationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his postseason debut Friday against the Giants as the starter for Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Alex Brandon/APNationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann reacts after left fielder Steven Souza Jr. made a tremendous catch for the final out against the Marlins.

Nationals' Zimmermann no-hits Marlins in finale

WASHINGTON -- Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals,…

Alex Brandon/APNationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann reacts after left fielder Steven Souza Jr. made a tremendous catch for the final out against the Marlins.
AP Photo/Luis M. AlvarezSan Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals

Nats rally for 14-6 win, take series from Giants

Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper each homered and drove in two runs…

AP Photo/Luis M. AlvarezSan Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals
Ben Margot/apSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford

Tim Hudson helps Giants avoid being swept by Nationals

Giants manager Bruce Bochy expected good things from Tim Hudson. He's getting even…

Ben Margot/apSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford